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St. James’ Church, Ansty – late spring 2021

St James’ Church Notices: JULY 2021

Currently, St James’ Church has resumed Sunday services, as the national guidelines allow for more limited activity.  It is good to welcome back the congregation again.  As before, until further notice the protocols for avoiding catching Covid remains much the same.  People still cannot sing, or mix on pews (unless in a family bubble) and everyone must use hand sanitisers and wipes on entry. 

St James Church is still open on Sundays for private prayer and reflection from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm.
Depending on how the Government’s covid-roadmap pans out to release us all from the restrictions by July 19th: perhaps we may try to organise an Ansty event just to get the village together again. Watch this space!  On the other hand….

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

Check out this document: The Church of England website

Churchwarden:      Lesley Simm

Secretary:              Lesley Simm

Treasurer:              Jon Gooding

Verger/sidesman:  John Oldfield  

Deanery Synod Representatives:  Morwenna Brewer and Lesley Simm

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)


A brief synopsis of St James’ Church, Ansty


In 1211, during the reign of King John, Walter de Turberville gave the manor of Ansty to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

The Knights settled in Ansty, formed a small Commandery and, with a group of local helpers, began to build the present church.

The church was completed in 1230 and dedicated to St James.

A booklet is available in the church for those who would like to have a more detailed history of the church and Ansty.

St James, Ansty is part of the South Area of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry.

Team Rector:      The Rev’d. Dr. Graham Southgate (01722 870312)

Churchwarden:    Mrs. Lesley Simm (01747 873068)

Verger:                 Mr. John Oldfield (01747 871119)

Church services are held regularly every Sunday at 11.15 am.  

The monthly pattern of services is as follows: 

  • 1st Sunday    Matins (Lay led said service)
  • 2nd Sunday   Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)
  • 3rd Sunday  Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)  
  • 4th Sunday    All-Age Communion (with hymns)
  • When there are five Sundays in the month, a service of Holy Communion is held in one of the South Area churches.

Evening Prayer is said in the church every Monday at 5.30 pm.

Dates (2021) for your calendar: JULY

July    6th        11.15 am Matins BCP Lay

July   11th       11.15 am Parish Communion with the Revd. Dr. Graham Southgate

July   18th       11.15 am Holy Communion with the Revd, Paul Sanderson, guest of Lesley Simm)

July   25th       11.15 am PATRONAL SERVICE of Parish Communion with the Revd. Dr. Graham Southgate

                        Anticipating release from restrictions, we will be singing hymns in church for the first time for 18 months. Please come and help us raise the roof!


St James’ Church and grounds are open during the day for private prayer, or to just sit to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient place: please observe social distancing.